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Joe Battista

Joe Battista has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities since 1978. He is best known for his effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley and in the building of Pegula Ice Arena. “JoeBa” is the owner of PRAGMATIC Passion, LLC consulting, a professional speaker, success coach, and the vice president of the National Athletic and Professional Success Academy (NAPSA). He is the author of a new book, “The Power of Pragmatic Passion.” Joe lives in State College with his wife Heidi (PSU ’81 & ’83), daughter Brianna (PSU ’15), and son’s Jon (PSU ’16), and Ryan (State High Class of 2019).

Articles by Joe Battista

The Most Wonderful Time of the (Sports) Year
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The Most Wonderful Time of the (Sports) Year
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
This past week is always one of the best weeks of the sports year for this hockey- and golf- loving sports fan. Sharing it with my father and son makes it all the better. [Read More]
Sport Is for Life
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Sport Is for Life
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I had a conversation on Sunday with a friend at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church about the fact that I was back to playing adult hockey. She was thrilled that I was skating again and thought it was great that at my age I was still out there playing a sport I love. It got me thinking about a coup [Read More]
TLT 2019: A Peek into the Future of Learning.
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TLT 2019: A Peek into the Future of Learning.
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Penn State's Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology far exceeded my expectations and raised my curiosity about the future of education. Think major paradigm shifts integrating technology in most aspects of learning. [Read More]
Honoring the Past and Celebrating the Present
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Honoring the Past and Celebrating the Present
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
On the weekend of Feb. 22-23, I experienced a reunion double whammy, and it was incredibly memorable. It marked a couple of milestones in my own Penn State hockey career that brought back a flood of amazing memories [Read More]
The Great Diversions in Our Lives
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The Great Diversions in Our Lives
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Prioritization has become somewhat of a lost art given all the diversions at our fingertips and how easy it is to rationalize why we just flitter away our very limited time. All of these diversions in one shape or form usually come at the expense of real-life activities and important, life-altering [Read More]
Roots and Wings
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Roots and Wings
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
My plans for the day included heading out to Barnes & Noble to do some reading for a class I am taking on Monday evenings. But just as I was set to go, my youngest son Ryan, a State High senior, asked me if I wanted to go play some pond hockey with him. I could hear my father and my good friend Sam [Read More]
I’ve Gotta Be Me
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I’ve Gotta Be Me
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
This week I want to talk about the importance of making sure you live your life and not vicariously through others, or a life prescribed by a parent or other authority figure who won’t take the time to really get to know you and what makes you unique. [Read More]
Just 10 Little Words
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Just 10 Little Words
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Ten words. These 10 words changed my life for the better. They aren’t profound, long, or highly sophisticated, but they made all the difference to me at a pivotal stage of my life. [Read More]
The Holidays Are a Time for Traditions Old and New
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The Holidays Are a Time for Traditions Old and New
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
For my extended family and for me it is a time for traditions, both old and new. In the ever-changing world, our families do their best to keep this holiday gathering a tradition. We remember those who have departed, and we celebrate new births as well. There is no sense fighting the fact that tradi [Read More]
Have a Very Barkley Christmas and a Happy New Year
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Have a Very Barkley Christmas and a Happy New Year
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I looked up and there was Barkley running at full speed. The chances of catching him were slim and none, his muscular frame powering through the turns tearing up the turf while firmly grasping the ball. The intense and focused look in his eyes made it obvious there was nothing that could be done to [Read More]
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